Help! Baggy pedal pushers!

by Tilly on July 24, 2010 · 3 comments

in Vintage Sewing


Hello retro sewers, I need your advice! Has anyone sewn these pedal pushers or a similar vintage pattern? I’ve taken mine in quite a bit to avoid the balloon trousers look, but while the front view is fine, the backs of the legs have gone all wrinkly. I don’t want to make them too tight as they’ll look a bit rude, but would like them to be a bit more defined. Any tips on making the fit better? Am I messing about too much with what should be a loose fitting pattern? Have I gone for the wrong fabric (denim)? Should I just give up and start again in a softer fabric? Help!

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Jenna July 24, 2010 at 5:15 am

I suggest looking up "flat seat adjustment" (I know there's a thread on Stitcher's Guild somewhere, but the idea is talked about in fitting books and elsewhere online too). I have this problem all the time – the pattern has allowed too much fabric for the backside, so you've got puddling in the back vs. the front.


Suemoon July 26, 2010 at 4:58 am

Hi, not much help with trouser fitting I'm afraid, but I DO have that Vogue pattern you need the instructions for, blogger won't let me comment on your blog. I'm in London so would only take a day or two for them to get to you by post.


Anonymous July 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Yes flat seat adjustment should do it, it is also sometimes called fish eye adjustment. To find out if this is right for you pinch and pin a horizontal crease of fabric right under your buttocs – if the wrinkles disappear this adjustment is right for you.


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